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Auto-fixed object crash in San Roque; driver cited for DUI, other violations

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(DPS) — On Friday, February 21, 2020, at about 9:10 p.m., the CNMI Department of public safety received a 911 call reporting that a vehicle ran off and struck a concrete barrier in San Roque. DPS dispatched police and medics to the scene.

At the scene, on lookers were surrounding the vehicle taking photos and video of the vehicle. Police secured the scene and proceeded with medics to extract the operator out of the vehicle. The vehicle, a blue 2013 Hyundai Elantra was resting on its driver’s side atop a concrete barrier separating Welcome Market and the establishment next to it. Police noticed the engine was detached from the vehicle with motor oil leaking around the vehicle. The jaws-of-life tool was used to extract the operator from the vehicle, before he was transported to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. for treatment.

The operator received multiple lacerations to his head, left arm, left elbow, and a fractured skull. He was admitted for further observation and is said to be in stable condition.

The operator states that he does not recall what caused the vehicle to swerve and run off the roadway.

Based on eyewitness reports, the vehicle was seen traveling south on the inner lane at a high rate of speed, before striking the center median in the middle of the roadway and swerving to the right striking multiple sign posts, trees, construction gate barriers and a retaining wall of the supermarket, before coming to a complete stop.

Police noticed a few beer cans that looked to be consumed recently within the vehicle. A blood test revealed that the operator had a BAC level of .106%.

The operator of the vehicle was cited for violations of failing to maintain right side of highway, operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license, speeding, reckless driving, and driving while under the influence of alcohol.

DPS highly encourages the public to call 911 anytime to report a crime or an emergency. Police officers are here to help you.

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